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2017-18 Scientist-in-Residence Program Scientist Application

The Scientist-in-Residence Program is an initiative that matches scientists and STEM professionals with elementary, middle, or high school teachers and their students to conduct an authentic science investigation. Scientist-in-Residence is a collaboration between the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS).

If you are interested in collaborating with a teacher and students in a New York City public school, please click the button below to begin the application. Applications are due by 11:59pm on Friday, September 22, 2017.

Program Features and Goals

The Scientist-in-Residence Program matches each selected scientist or STEM professional with a teacher and his/her class(es) for the 2017-18 school year. Scientists-in-Residence and teachers collaborate to scope out and lead a long-term science investigation with a class to prepare students to engage in their own independent scientific research, and to build the capacity of the teacher and school to support long-term science investigations in the future.

Teachers interested in participating are asked to submit an initial project proposal in their application. Selected initial proposals are mutually refined by the Scientist-in-Residence and his/her collaborating teacher, with support from the DOE and NYAS program staff to help design and implement the project.

Goals Include:

• Increased STEM instructional capacity through long-term science investigation projects and science research programs at selected DOE elementary, middle, and high schools.

• Student engagement in authentic, hands-on science with opportunities to develop computational thinking skills, collaborations with STEM professionals, and exposure to STEM career pathways.

• Expansion of STEM professionals’/graduate students’ pedagogical skills, and exposure to urban K-12 STEM teaching as a potential career.

• Expansion of participating teachers’ pedagogical practices, instructional leadership/mentoring skills, and increased engagement among collaborating teachers.

Program Structure

Scientists-in-Residence will be paired with teachers according to project topic and geographic proximity, and will spend an average of two hours per week at their partner school site. Scientists-in-Residence and the participating teachers will mutually decide on how these hours are allotted. Participating teachers and scientists will attend four Scientist-in-Residence convenings to share project activities, successes, and challenges with scientist-teacher teams from other Scientist-in-Residence schools. Each team will receive a small stipend for project materials and supplies, as well as an opportunity to participate in complimentary professional development through a year-long membership to Science Alliance, or other public enrichment programs through NYAS. Each scientist will receive a stipend upon successful completion of the program. Through convenings, site visits, and regular phone/email communication, participating teachers and scientists will collaborate regularly with DOE and NYAS staff to create successful partnerships and projects. Additionally, participating scientists are asked to develop at least one initiative that brings students to a research or scientific setting outside their school or enables them to network with a broader set of scientists and STEM professionals.

This program is targeted toward demographically higher-need elementary, middle, and high schools. Scientists will be selected to participate based on the quality of their responses to application questions and ability to travel to a partner school. Applicants must submit a Letter of Acknowledgment and Support from their Principal Investigator or supervisor stating that he/she is aware of the time commitment necessary for participation and that he/she supports the applicant’s participation in the Scientist-in-Residence Program from October 2017 through May of 2018. For more information, click here to download the FAQ.

The Letter of Acknowledgment and Support should be downloaded from the last page of this application, completed, signed by your supervising scientist, and emailed to with the subject line Scientist-in-Residence Principal Letter of Acknowledgment and Support by Monday, September 25, 2017. Applications that do not include a Principal Letter of Acknowledgment and Support will not be considered. 





Friday, September 22, 2017


Application Deadline

Monday, September 25, 2017


Letter of Acknowledgment and Support from PI/Supervisor Deadline



Scientists accepted to Scientist-in-Residence Program are notified

Monday, October 23, 2017


1st Convening: Meet and Greet

Saturday, November 4, 2017


2nd Convening: Planning Day


November-December 2017


Scientist-in-Residence projects begin in schools

November-December 2017


3rd Scientist-in-Residence convening for Teachers and Scientists-in-Residence; Small Group Convenings (date TBD)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


4th convening: Mid-point Convening

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


End-of-Year Celebration Event to share findings, learnings and takeaways

Tips for Success in Completing this Online Application

To be sure that you have successfully completed and submitted your application, please note the following tips.

- Consider drafting your responses to the open-ended questions offline to make sure that you are able to edit and save your responses, and to avoid being timed out of the application.

- Make sure that you have reviewed and finalized your responses prior to selecting the "Finish" button at the bottom of the third page.

- Following submission of your application, check the email address that you provided on your application to be sure that you have received an application submission confirmation email from